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Indian pacers performed creditably: Srinath

New Delhi, Jan 3 (UNI) Contrary to all expectations, Indian pacers have performed creditably in Australia, former pace spearhead Javagal Srinath said here today.

''Except for Zaheer, most of the Indian pacers are inexperienced.

But still they have performed well,'' Srinath said.

Singling out RP Singh for special praise, he said, '' RP Singh had bowled really well. He brought the Australian batsmen under a lot of pressure in the first innings.'' Speaking on rookie pacer Ishant Sharma, Srinath said,''Ishant has done well. But he lacks experience.'' ''Ishant will gain speed as he grows older and will bowl at 140 kmph within a couple of years,''he added.

Expressing concern at the injury to Zaheer Khan which ruled him out of the Australian series, Srinath said,''ankle injury is the worst as it is the main load bearing area. It takes time to recover.'' Srinath identified Zaheer's bowling action as the reason for his frequent injuries,''the way Zaheer delivers the ball puts a lot of pressure on his ankle and his knee. I think this is the reason the injury resurfaced.'' Asked about the reason behind the regular injuries to the Indian pacers, Srinath said,''it has happened on a few occasions.

The players are solely responsible for this. They should understand what their physiological condition mean to them.'' ''If someone has an injury but still wants to get into the game, it will show in the long term.'' ''Most injuries happen because of faulty techniques,'' he went on.''The BCCI should set up a support system so pacers can recover quickly.'' Talking about temparamental quickie S Sreeshanth, who has opted for ayurveda instead of surgery, Srinath said,''it takes a minimum of six to eight months to recover from surgery. If Sreesanth feels that ayurveda is better, it is up to him.'' Srinath was speaking during an event organised by energy drink maker Gatorade, which launched its Pace Bowling Talent Hunt.


Story first published: Thursday, January 3, 2008, 22:04 [IST]
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